By the NRCHA
Sawyer Sanders rides CW One Bay Boon to the NRCHA Non Pro Limited Futurity presented by Discount Tire
The reined cow horse discipline is known to produce finished bridle horses that embody the training pinnacle of traditional Vaquero horsemanship, progressing from the snaffle bit through the hackamore and two rein phases. Elite bridle horses and snaffle bit horses were both showcased today at the $1.2 million National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Non Pro Limited Snaffle Bit Futurity
Earning the first championship of the NRCHA Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity presented by Discount Tire was Sawyer Sanders riding CW One Bay Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x CW Charlies Angel x SM Blazin Dually) to a total on three runs of 644 (212.5 herd/ 214 rein/ 217.5 cow) for $5,550. Sanders added $1,000 to his earnings thanks to the top score in the rein work, and another $750 for second on the cow for a $7,300 payday in all.
CW One Bay Boon is owned by Deborah Sanders and was bred by Carole Wyatt. Sanders received a host of first-class prizes including a Don Rich custom saddle sponsored by Carol Rose, CR Morrison bronze finished trophy, Gist Silversmiths custom buckle from Don Bell, browband headstall with rawhide accents and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, Classic Equine monogrammed polar fleece cooler, monogrammed CINCH jacket, product from Platinum Performance, and a $250 gift certificate to CR Ranchwear.
Reserve champion of the Non Pro Limited Futurity was Lori Frampton-Crafton riding One Fine Boonshine (One Fine Vintage x Puttin On The Shine x Shiners War Leo), owned by Debbie Crafton, to a 640.5 (214.5 herd/ 207 rein, 219 cow). One Fine Boonshine was bred by Keith and Sue Lockard. Frampton-Crafton scored a 214.5 worth $1,000 in the herd work prelims and achieved the high mark of the cow work phase to bank an additional $1,000 to add to the $4,440 she earned in the aggregate. Frampton-Crafton’s awards included a Gist Silversmiths custom buckle, monogrammed CINCH jacket, $300 Farnam gift certificate, product from Platinum Performance, and a $250 gift certificate to CR Ranchwear.
Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity
In the Justin Arena a full day of horse show action got underway with seven sets of rein work preliminaries for the Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire. A dominating performance saw Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses rise to the top of the Non Pro Futurity presented by Discount Tire. Phillips and her 2016 gelding sired by Woody B Tuff and out of the Dual Rey mare, Gypsy Rose Rey, scored a 220.5 in the rein work to combine with their 216.5—which topped the Non Pro herd prelims—to take command of the lead.
Phillips earned $2,250 in the herd and another $2,250 for her rein work aboard the Center Ranch bred standout. Phillips’ cumulative score placed her first in the Intermediate Non Pro composite where she banked $1,200 a piece for first in both the herd and rein work prelims. Also leading the Novice Non Pro Futurity, Phillips earned $750 for winning the herd and $750 for topping the rein work today. Debbie Crafton is currently second in the Non Pro composite with a 434 (215.5 herd/ 218.5 rein) riding Dualin ALittle Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep).
Amateur Snaffle Bit Futurity
Amy Lund leads the Amateur Futurity with a 425 (212 herd/ 213 rein) riding Bet Hes Got Style (Bet Hesa Cat x Genuine And Stylish x Playin Stylish) owned by her husband Brad. In the Amateur it was Leonard Krahn who topped the second leg of futurity action with a 217.5 in the rein work to earn $1,000. Krahn rode SJR Diamond Sails (CD Diamond x Whizs Katrina x Topsail Whiz) owned by Kenzia Krahn.
Five sets of Open Bridle preliminaries featuring some of the best bridle horses in the world kicked off on Monday morning in the Will Rogers Coliseum. In the spirit of saving the best for last, it was the 2012 sorrel mare Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), ridden by leading NRCHA Professional Sarah Dawson of Perrin, Texas, for owner Linda Mars, who took command of the preliminary Open Bridle competition with a scalding 295 (144.5 rein/150.5 cow).
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Shiney Outlaw lit the leader board in the second set with Jay McLaughlin riding the 2012 golden buckskin stallion to an outstanding 294 composite (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey) thanks to a 147 in the rein work and big 149 on the cow.
It took a 289.5 or higher to qualify for the the Open Bridle Finals, which will take place on Wednesday, October 16 in the Justin Arena. As promised, a group of 11 elite bridle horses that reined cow horse enthusiasts will not want to miss watching.
Intermediate Open Bridle
The Intermediate Open Bridle horse show class crowned its champion today with Senor Shiney Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Senorita x Shining Spark), ridden by Mark Sigler for the Dominic L. Conicelli Estate, taking the win. Sigler scored a 292 with a 142.5 in the rein work and thrilling 149.5 on the cow to earn $1,800 plus a one-ear headstall with rawhide accents and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack and $150 in Farnam products.
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Limited Open Bridle
The Limited Open Bridle champion with a 288 (145.5 rein/ 142.5 cow) was the 2012 mare Scootin Jule Lee (Scootin Boon x Angelina Jule Lee x Soula Jule Star), owned and ridden by Kaleigh King. King was awarded $1,650, a CR Morrison bronze finished trophy, Gist Silversmiths custom buckle and pocket knife, a pair of Lucchese Boots, clippers by Wahl Professional USA, a Classic Equine Zone Pad, product from Platinum Performance, a Back on Track USA therapeutic mesh horse blanket, Western hat carrying case and a monogrammed jacket by CINCH JEANS.
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In the $2,000-added invitational NRCHA Cowboy Class it was an accomplished cowgirl by the name of Kelsey Love Thomas who took the title. The invitational event featured 18 working ranch cowboys and cowgirls competing in rein work, fence work and roping (a combination of steer stopping and limited cow work, aka boxing). The champion was awarded an NRCHA show legal bridle with Preston Williams hardware featured on the headstall, plus a set of romal reins.
Thomas rode Kit Kat Jerrie, owned by her husband Buddy Thomas, to a 72.5 in the rein, 70.5 on the cow and impressive 73 in the roping to top the field with a total of 216 worth $1,410.
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Reserve in the Cowboy Class Invitational was Tell Good riding his 2011 mare ND Stylish Lil Pep (Circle Bar Mr Pepto x Circle Bar Stylish x Playin Stylish). Good received an NRCHA legal show bit, set of romal reins and $1,128.
Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Cow Work Prelims
The day concluded with the first three sets of Level 1 Limited Open Futurity cow work followed by Open Futurity cow work in Justin Arena. Sarah Dawson smoked to the lead with a 223.5 down the fence aboard RYourChecksSmokin (Dual R Smokin x Checkers Live Oak x Im Countin Checks) to bring her total on three to 662 (218.5 herd/ 220 rein). The 2016 mare was bred by Stuart Bozeman and is owned by Nonie Casselman-Reed. Currently second in the rankings is WooodYa (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Justin Wright for owner Eric Freitas, with a 660 (217.5 herd/ 223 rein/ 219.5 cow). The 2016 mare was bred by Center Ranch.
Leading the Intermediate Open Futurity composite is PRF Peptos Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal), ridden by Jared Jones for owner Tori Simons, with a 651.5 (215 herd/ 219 rein/ 217.5 cow).
Taking the lead in the aggregate of the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open Futurity was Sixteen Carat Cat (Metallic Cat x All That N Cat x Highbrow Cat), ridden by Spud Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, with a 222.5 down the fence for a 649.5 (220.5 herd/ 206.5 rein) overall. Sixteen Carat Cat scored the second highest Open fence score of the evening behind Sarah Dawson and RYourChecksSmokin and leads the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open fence prelims.
Second in the Level 1 cow work preliminary round was Manda McCarthy riding her own horse Bet She Can Dance (Bet Hesa Cat x Shine By Frosty Nic x Shine By The Bay) bred by Ted and Pam Woolsey Peters to a 219.5. Second in the Level 1 composite rankings is Alexandra Ciavardelli riding her own horse, Suns Out Guns Out (Chics Playgun x Clark Jones Lass x Clark Jones) to a 646 (208 herd/ 220.5 rein/ 217.5 cow).
The Open cow work preliminaries will culminate on Tuesday, October 15, at which time the field of 25 Open Finalists will be determined. Years of planning, breeding, training, and campaigning these elite equine tri-athletes to make it to open level competition creates an adrenaline-charged atmosphere for competitors and fans alike so anticipation is high for Finals day.
On Tuesday, October 15 NRCHA horse show action commences at 8:30 a.m. in the Coliseum with the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro and Select Non Pro Bridle classes, followed by the newly-added Cow Horse for Cutters class. Justin Arena will showcase a full day of Open Futurity cow work preliminaries, which gets underway at 8:00 a.m..